Art History Syllabus

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AP® Art History Syllabus 3 Course Description The AP® Art History course prepares students for the AP Art History Exam. The course covers art from the Paleolithic period through postmodernism and is designed to provide students with the same material covered in an introductory college course in art history. Students gain knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and present and from a variety of European and non-European cultures. [C3] In this course students engage in both visual and historical study about art and its contexts. Students develop an understanding of artworks…show more content…
C2—The course teaches students to understand works of art within their historical context by examining issues such as politics, religion, patronage, gender, function, and ethnicity. The course also teaches students visual analysis of works of art. The course teaches students to understand works of art through both contextual and visual analysis. Art of Ancient Greece: Gods, Heroes, and Athletes [C1] Topics: Context and Visual Analysis [C2] • Concept of democracy • Greek humanism: man as the measure of all things • Evolution, transition, and progression of the ideal human figure in Greek art: geometric, orientalizing, archaic, severe, classical, late classical, Hellenistic • Balance, harmony, beauty, and proportion in man and in art based on mathematical proportions • Mythology permeates Greek life and subject matter in art • Golden Age of Pericles • The Parthenon: geometry and the human form • Progression of architectural orders: Doric, Ionic, Corinthian • Hellenism and the spread of Greek art • Cosmopolitan structure replaces independent city states [C2] 4 TEST: One…show more content…
Mamiya. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages. 12th ed. New York: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2005. • Students are required to read all or portions of each chapter. • Students are required to complete the assigned chapter worksheets that follow the reading. • Students are expected to read excerpts from additional resources as assigned by the teacher (i.e., Boccaccio’s The Decameron, Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Castiglione’s The Courtier). 19 AP ART HISTORY Major Assignments and Assessments Long Essays The long essay is designed to mimic the 30-minute exam essay. Assigned essay topics will often require students to incorporate artworks from the non-European world. Themes and topics include both context and visual analysis. [C2] • The human body • Objects related to religious ritual • Narrative art • Sacred spaces (religious architecture and sites) • How art and architecture convey power and authority • Formal analysis of an artwork • The relationship of the artist to society • The role of the patron who supported the artist • Issues of gender • Cultural diversity C2—The course teaches students to understand works of art within their historical context
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